Incident Summary:

07/18/2012: A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a security meeting in Damascus city, Damascus governorate, Syria. Four people died in the blast, including the minister of defense and President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law. The bomber was one of Assad's bodyguards. Both the Free Syrian Army and Liwa Al-Islam claimed responsibility for the incident. The Free Syrian Army stated that they blamed Assad's government for carrying out massacres and wanted to topple his regime.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Security Headquarters
Specific Description Colonel Mansour Hadi
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Free Syrian Army Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Liwa al-Islam Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"302 dead in Syria Thursday, highest toll of revolt: NG0," Agence France Presse -- English, July 20, 2012.
"Syrian rebels say they carried out Damascus attack," Associated Press Online, July 18, 2012.
"Syrian general killed in Damascus bombing - sources," Reuters News, July 18, 2012.